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, requires us all i think he rethink how we stand in the middle east. so tonight i'd like to talk about the three threats to the united states that emanate from the persian gulf. iran, saudi arabia, and what i call al qaeda -ism. in speaking tonight about the persian gulf, and the war against the islamist militancy emanating from there, i want to start with words george washington used to describe the new national governments responsibilities to ensure that americans clearly understand the threats they face at home and abroad. i am sure that the massive citizens of these united states meanwhile, washington told john j. in 1796. and i believe that they will always act will whenever they can update a right understanding of matters. let me say that i share washington's fate and he essentially sound common sense of american. except perhaps that of the coming generation whose male members seemed unable to figure out how to put a baseball cap on so the brim points forward. but i'm not saying saying that when a national government under either party is capable or even desirous of the actually
at us than i can shoot back. of so we did and they just waved. [laughter] now over 1300 miles notice the road, they drove every night and i noted the ammunition. the other problem with afghanistan is called pakistan 1500 miles that extends here to miami. now understand the essence of what we are doing. we went in 2001 because the taliban supported al qaeda who had killed 3,000 americans at the world trade center's we went in to get the seven guns but what happened? in my judgment several things happened. president bush, a god bless him, had a religious belief in liberty four people and i think he confuse that with his role of president and took that and extracted it to say we should give liberty to the iraqis and afghans which is a noble idea but if you are a president sometimes you have to be hard-headed how you apply an idea into action and we were not able to do with sell when they said who will do this idea? they said if we have the united states military. so we took counterinsurgency a subject i know all lot about because i thought to it really hard for many months. but we perve
useful, he became so rich, he bought his freedom. when we returned about that, we -- when we learned about that, we suddenly learned about a connection to marina's family. >> so i had always known about my family's connection to sugar because my great grandparents traveled from india across to guyana which is in south america, but it's considered part of the caribbean, and they came to cut, to work on sugar plantations. so part of what fascinated us was what is this substance where someone in be his family -- in his family all the way in russia, a serf, and someone in my family looking to get a better life over here in india and then over to the caribbean, what is this substance that could effect people from such different parking lots of the world? -- parts of the world? >> and before we trace that out, we want to ask you a question. how many of you think you might have sugar somewhere in your family background? so that's one, two, three -- oh, man, yes! yes! >> all right. what i'm going to do, i just want to hear from a couple of you where your family might have been from, okay? >>
cities along the coast and cutting down forests. deforestation and other land-use accounts for a good chunk of greenhouse gas emissions on an average year. the interesting thing is even with all this destruction our natural systems are helping us out. our greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide specifically, the forests and oceans are taking up about half of what we are putting in the air on an average year. they are already on the job. that can give us a lesson about how much do we need to cut down? a simplistic look and a lot more detail on the background and preferences, those ideas of what we can do with this information. as i mentioned carbon dioxide and temperature tend to go up and down. some people might use that to wonder if it is natural and happens anyway why should we worry? i have a couple points. one is it may have been volcanoes emit in greenhouse gases in the mid cretaceous 100 years ago. looks like it might have been methane gas coming up from the ocean where we have trying to mine it simultaneously coming up spontaneously and creating problems, eating the environment and no
remembered. even though 100 errors constantly flow from my eyes,. it's with us? gardens. may it be remembered. for now on the secret of remain unspoken. have pity on those who must keep secrets. me that you remembered. without any further ado, please join me in the welcoming hamid dabashi. [inaudible conversations] >> thank you. good evening, everyone. before i even start up like to apologize for having to run out immediately after my short remarks because of some scheduling conflicts i have had to call myself tonight. i actually have to be in asia were we are celebrating the cinema of to fantastic iranians have just been sentenced to six years in jail for making films. we are celebrating their some of and taken the occasion to shed light on other it was none political prisoners and union activists, students write this, women's rights activists and so forth. i do apologize. i am actually delighted that my good friend and colleague and comrades, danny postel and nader hashemi are coeditors of this brilliant and pioneering book in which allied to have been included by the gracious attention to
the book was to honor the men and women who won that war for us before the politicians threw it away. you frequently see tet in headlines these days. whenever anything bad happens in the world, terrorists do some kind of attack or insurgents have some kind of spectacular bombing or something, you'll see a pundit or a commentator say this is just like the tet offensive. iraq, afghanistan, wherever. i've saw, i saw a headline about tet referring to northern mexico, that some kind of tet offensive was going on there. "time" magazine said that the wikileaks document dump was just like the tet offensive. i don't quite see how you can make the analogy, but anyway, the point is that tet is out there. and the problem with this is that every time you say tet what you're really saying is defeat. what you're saying is that whatever we're involved in is like vietnam, it's a quagmire. we can't win and so forth. and, in fact, the bad guys out there, the terrorists and the insurgents, talk openly about the tet offensive and vietnam as their model. this is how they want to win. because terrorists and ins
at 9 a.m. thanks for being with us. more booktv ahead. >> you're watching booktv on c-span2. here's our prime time lineup for tonight beginning at 7 p.m. eastern. republican senator scott brown of massachusetts on his personal and professional life, including his election to the u.s. senate to fill the term of the late senator ted kennedy. at 8, richard whitmire examines former washington, d.c. school chance michelle rhee's efforts to reform the school system. on after words, rubin carter talks about the 20 years he spent in prison and his work for the innocence since his 1935 re-- 1985 release. we conclude with mr. west who served as assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs durgd reagan administration. he argues that a reliance on counterinsurgency strategies has led the u.s. astray in afghanistan. >> in this time we win, senior editorial writer robbins argues that the tet offense offensive was a failure for the vietnamese. from san diego, this is about an hour. >> thanks, t.j.. good morning, everybody. happy to be here. thanks for inviting me. i'm really delig
and proposals. thank you very much for being with us and for watching. .. and the prospects for success. it was held at columbia university in new york city. it's just under two hours. >> thanks so much for coming to this evenings panel discussion with several of the contributors to the new anthology, "the people reloaded." the green movement in the struggle for iran's future, which i had the honor code again with my friend and comrade, nader hashemi from whom you'll be hearing shortly. first, i'd like to thank the department of middle eastern, south asian and african studies here at columbia university for sponsoring this event today. i'd also like to thank the middle east institute of columbia university and the columbia university graduate school of journalism for cosponsoring. finally, and that you think the publisher of the book. and in particular, i would like to express my appreciation to my friend, hamid dabashi, who made all the arrangements for tonight's discussion possible. when this book was published, seems like a long time ago. the book was published at the beginning of th
to the microphones and to speak. it's really important that you use the microphones because we are live right now on c-span so that everyone can hear your questions and the discussion that ensues. their books, dr. mariano's "the white house dr.: my patients were presidents, a memoir," and gloria feldt's no excuses: nine ways we can change how women feel about power, will be in the tent outside, signing area one, tent b. and that's located south and west of the student union. it's truly an honor today to introduce two women whose books and stories can inspire all of us to recognize and embrace and activate our power to make a difference in our communities and in your country. their lives show that pursuing a passion for equal justice and for service can truly change the world. dr. connie mariano is a woman of many firsts. she was the first military woman to be chosen as the white house physician, the first woman directer of the white house medical unit, and the first filipino-american to become an admiral in the navy. but she started her life as an underdog. always being underestimated because of
sheet, who are the top five, us, russia, china, france, and the united ud kingdom. pakistan is close to surprising the united kingdom and on the trajectory to be the 4th largest. it's the host to more terrorists groups than any other nation. per square kilometer, you can't find more terrorists with the possible exception of the gaza strip. pakistan has an extraordinary complex relationship. on the one hand, it's been the patron of many of the terrorists groups, the group that attacked mumbai in 2008, it was a subsidiary, and yet it is at war with others, the pakistan and taliban. it's an extremely violent war. last year there were over 2,000 terrorists attacks in pakistan. nearly 10,000 pakistanis died or were wounded. how did we get here? that's the subject that i try to address in the deadly embrace. i try to do it by looking at three narratives and see how they interconnect with each other. the first narrative is pakistan's own internal. the second is the u.s. pakistani bilateral relationship, and the third is the rise in global jihad. what we think of here in america is al qaeda,
five nuclear powers, they are, of course, us, russia, china, france, and the united kingdom. pakistan is close to surpassing the united kingdom, and it's on a trajectory that will make it the fourth largest nuclear power in the world. and pakistan is the host to more terrorist groups than any other nation in the world. per square kilometer, you can't find more terrorists than in pakistan with the possible exception of the gaza strip. and pakistan has an extraordinarily complex relationship. on the one hand, it has been the patron of many of these terrorist groups. the group that attacked mumbai in 2008 is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the isi. and yet it is at war with others, the pakistan taliban, and it is an extremely violent war. last year there were over 2,000 terrorist attacks in pakistan, somewhere near 10,000 pakistanis died or were wounded. so how did we get here? well, that's the subject that i try to address in "the deadly embrace." and i try to do it by looking at three narratives and see how they interconnect with each other. the first narrative is pakistan's own internal
, vietnam book veteran bing west us thes his book, "the wrong war." mr. west argues that a reliance on counterinsurgency strategy has led the u.s. astray in afghanistan. >> what i'd like to do in about the next 20 minutes is give you an overview of two things relative to afghanistan, and the first is what is the nature of the war, and the second is what is the strategy, and why do i call it the wrong war? the nature of the war i base on i have about ten years, now, on battlefields in vietnam, iraq and afghanistan, and as barbara said, generals are okay and secretaries of defense and presidents may have roles, but they better keep their egos under control because tolstoy in his book "war and peace" really had it right. what actually happens in war has much more to do with the tenacity of those who are fighting than it does with the pronouncements from on high. and i'll try to show you why. i'd like to just bring you through very quickly what the war looks like, how the strategy's embedded in it and then turn it over for questions. of most of my time in afghanistan, i've been there --
of the kurt vonnegut library come in the gallery room. we have kurt vonnegut typewriter that was used in the 1970s. this was donated to us by his daughter, nanette. he wrote many of his more familiar books during the 1970s. we are happy to have this typewriter. he was not a fan of high technology, and he did not use a computer. he preferred to use a typewriter through his dying days. he liked to work in his home on an office chair and a coffee table. he would slump over his typewriter. vonnegut would go out into the world every day. he talks about how he had learned that you could buy postage stamps over the internet, and he just thought that was horrible because then, you know, if he chose that route he would not have the everyday experience of going to the post office. and those everyday experiences and the people he encountered during his daily walks were the basis for some of his stories. he met a number of very many interesting characters. and going out and meeting people, you know, was a way for him to cast new material for his work. vonnegut is timeless because these issues, yo
checked off but during the day, please consider joining us and supporting the tucson festival of books to keep this amazing event here in tucson. thank you for being here and for your support and if you want to follow us out, i am going to head to the dining area. .. >> the other groups were, you know, i did think that the existence of a small, but very powerful elite was something new, and so i call that the group, and then there's a category to deal with other griewps who didn't -- groups who didn't fit the category like immigrants, for example from caribbean and africa, and also biracial americans. i thought they would fit into an umbrella group called the emergence. that's how i got that. >> i noticed you put new immigrants and biracial people together, and you're comfortable with that, grouping them under the same umbrella? >> well, i was mostly comfortable with that. it was not precise, and it didn't make for as clean of a category as the other category. however, i thought that the similarities were, the concept of emergence, groups that were becoming more prominent and hadn't be
of us are ever subjected is not the government of our city, our state or even our federal government, it's the government of our own family. that's where we are governed first. and the fact is, it is that form of government that serves as the foundation for all of the other forms of government. i try to make, and i believe that i do make the case, that this is not just a social issue as often has been described. sometimes there are people who want to create this, to me, artificial conflict between the designated social issues and the economic ones. the first chapter of the book, i believe, will make it very clear that there is a direct correlation between the fabric of our culture and the relationship of its families and the economy. of a country. i want to begin before i even get into some of those figures by saying i make it very clear, this is not an attack on president obama. i believe we hear a lot of talk about civility even though on any given day you'll find politicians who will use the most inflammatory rhetoric possible. there were some comments yesterday that were utterly biza
-span: well, does it operate? >>guest: it fails too often for us to take much comfort in it. i've been covering politics for a very long time, and as a journalist, not as a partisan, i have a stake in wanting to see this political system of ours work. when we took the health-care issue as an example, it was because in 1993 it appeared to be obvious to everyone -- republicans, democrats, independents, with people in labor, in business, in government -- that our health-care system was in serious trouble and that something needed to be fixed. it was eating us up with its costs. there were millions of americans who didn't have basic health insurance. there was a pretty broad agreement in the country that we needed to address that question and, obviously, president clinton had made it a major promise in his 1992 campaign. so we began looking at what the government and the political system was going to do with this problem. we had no idea when we began whether we were going to be chronicling a triumph or a disaster. it turned out for clinton and the democrats and, i think, for the country to
this afternoon. i want to thank the virginia festival of the book for letting us have this panel, which my company is cosponsoring, and the virginia festival is the principal sponsor and brings a tremendous amount of wonderful things to the city every year. i thought it was appropriate to found my company here in charlottesville because of our local hero, thomas jefferson, who, of course, was very much in favor of both building international understanding of extending the range of what is permissible discourse about international affairs, and also doing so through books. so that is why i'm very proud and happy that just world books is headquartered here in charlottesville. we have a couple titles coming out. one on food policy and its relationship to the middle east, and another on pakistan. very timely topics. the title is timely books for changing times. and that's plenty from me. i want everybody here and watching on tv at home to go to the web site, and check out as our new titles come out on a timely basis, thank you. >> don't forget to buy them when you check t
the globe. in which we all decide to sit in some spot that appeals to us and just diluting. and yet on so many dimensions cities are healthier and more successful than ever. in the developed world, it was remarkable productivity. in per capita output level from the rest of the country rose to those out of new york our national gdp would increase by 43%. the three largest metropolitan areas in the u.s. produced 18% of our country's output while containing only 13% of our country's population. the connection between urbanization and economic prosperity is even stronger in the developing world. if you compare those countries with more than 50% of the population living in urban areas with those that have less than 50% of the population living in urban areas you will find more urbanized countries are more than five times more prosperous, five times richer. they also have infant mortality levels that are one-third as i. they also the people who describe themselves as being more satisfied with their lives and their jobs. cities are the path out of poverty into prosperity for so much of the world
, you can never, ever take a loving peaceful home for granted, ever. most of us when we think back on her own personal journeys, and then on not the only one who's had tough times. we can remember the toughest times, clearest of all, i know everyone in this audience has had those tough times and you think back and you say wow. and that's how it is and was with me in writing this book. it wasn't hard to pull up the details of some of the adversity that came my way. for example, when a six-year-old young boy is taking the best purchase of a drunken stepdad, and when a kid can't even find a safe haven at a bible camp, i won't lie, it leaves a mark. for me, when there were times in my boyhood when i felt like i couldn't trust anyone, couldn't trust anyone, for a while i wasn't actually isn't that trustworthy myself. and fell in with some older kids whose idea of an afternoon outing was going to the mall to do some shoplifting. and that's how i felt myself at age 13 sitting in a big courtroom facing an even bigger judge and feeling like the little thief that i actually was. the judge, a
of small children were given back in those those days. there were no bedrooms for all of us, so i had what was called a pallet which was my very own. [laughter] it was blankets that are put together, and you sleep on them at night, and you roll them up during the day. it made it very easy when i was being transferred from one relative to the other because i had very few things to pack up and luggage to take with me, if that. i don't think i remember my first suitcase until i was on the train to california. so that's how i started. by the time we were ready to migrate to california, i had lived in seven different homes by then, all of them homes of relatives, all of them people who were doing the best they could by a little girl that was quiet, withdrawn and constantly trying to find ways to please so that maybe somebody would keep me permanently. and that did not happen. we ran into not traditional, but something that probably has happened to many southern blacks. my uncle, brave guy that he was, worked for a meat packing company. he experienced an accident, a serious one. one of my aunts,
tv? send us an e-mail at or tweet us at >> up next on booktv a program that originally aired live on three former high-level pentagon insiders take a critical look at how the defense department operates. thomas christie, franklin spinney and pierre sprey are all contributors to the book "the pentagon labyrinth." this is about an hour. [inaudible conversations] >> good evening. thanks for being with us tonight. i'm drew, the executive vice president for the world security institute. the institute is the nonprofit organization that's home to our center for defense information and our strauss military reform project whose latest work "the pentagon labyrinth: ten short's essays to help you through it," is the reason we've gathered here tonight. the goal of the project is to transform u.s. national security to meet the missions and threats of today. and it believes that it's essential that we consider both the fiscal and the strategic implications of defense programs.
they have made decisions that affect this city including rehabilitating the mall of washington. we used to have railroad tracks and industrial buildings now it is cleaned up and say beautiful open area, a place of america's front yard, america's living room. politicians made that happen and i think the important thing here, this is america city. everybody has a stake, everybody comes here and belongs to them and the book tells them how it came about. >> there is anomalies, the site where the lincoln conspirators were wrong, the famous photograph is now a tennis court. the place in which garfield was shot back to the williams college reunion was in front of the building on the wall. where it says this is where the president was shot. part of it is discovering the layered history of the city and going back to amazing things of the civil war, and a part of washington were abraham lincoln, there is a battle, the confederate troops approach and abraham lincoln stands up and they shoot at him and they say you fool. one of the problems with the battle of fort stevens that they had to keep the
aftermath of the war we would have accepted anything, any terms, but he gave us hope of the white man's government and so we need to hold out. and so, i think will he played i think is the symbolic role of the president as leader that was important. if he hadn't so strenuously opposed voting rights, if he hadn't said it caused efforts to bring about land reform it's not to say that the south would have ruled over and would have -- but when you have the enemy down, you know, when you've got them down when, that's when you impose the terms and move forward and numerous people said he had actions embolden them that could be recalcitrant, could sort of top-down any move so it wouldn't have been the land of milk and honey. the south wouldn't have rolled over and accepted blacks as equals citizens but it wouldn't have been as bad as it was. and that lessening of the problem, any lesson of the oppression fighting would have made a big difference. so, yes, i have fought about it, and i do think that -- i think his particular brand of leadership was toxic, and it's important for us now to thin
bookstore, a landmark since 1953 in the city of fries. we're delighted to have john with us here tonight. he teaches history at georgia state university in atlanta and taught at harvard in history and literature and the underwriting program. he's the founding editor of the 60s, a journal's history of politics and culture, and he'll discuss "smoking typewriters," published by oxford university press. it examines the question of how the new left uprising of the 60s emerged and with the dramatic events of the middle east and our own uprisings here in wisconsin it's a timely way to examine the role of new media in insurrection from the l.a. free press all the way through the revolution and the advent of chat books and the culture through media is explored and offers insight into the contemporary movements of social change. please join us in welcoming >> john. [applause] >> thank you. it's happy to see familiar faces and old friends. i've never managed to live in san fransisco, but i've visited several times. it's nice to be here in this capacity. i appreciate it. you know, originally my plan was
of knowledge. he does it in the most peculiar way. he does this by inviting us to attend almost exclusively to the way in which we use language. his logic, his approach to the study of knowledge is to present us with a study of language and of how we acquire it, how we deploy it and particularly the taste we show human life and using this language in the company of others and in social context. what a strange thing to do to what has been the study of logic and metaphysics? in his moral philosophy, he builds on this. he talks about the way in which we acquire sentiments of morality, just this, political obligation, particularly aesthetics. and he does two things, which are interesting. the first is the very quietly distances about his notion that there is a moral sense. no one can doubt we have the moral sensibility, but is it hogwild and the human personality. smith saw no reason to believe that. we have been acquired sensibility. how do we do with? essentially through sympathy with others. sympathetic relationships which are fostered and shaped by language. that is where sensibility comes
family's history that helps us understand the influence of european jewish life in the nineteenth and twentyth century. in "a long way gone: memoirs of a boy soldier" ishmael beah tel story of his life in the civil war in serbia and in the 1990s. he served as a powerful spokesperson for child soldiers almost from the moment of his rehabilitation. he worked with unicef on global use and poverty issues. chiquis barron was born in mexico and immigrated to arizona at the age of 5. a graduate of the you of a she has worked in behavioral and mental research since 1998. her novel focuses on the unique geographical political and cultural dynamics of growing up in the crux of two influential countries. her blonde stands at the top of the top 113 latino blood. now we will hear from governor castro. >> good morning, ladies and gentlemen. i am honored to be here this morning. i am lucky to make it. i live in arizona. 75 yards from the mexican border. i was afraid they might turn me upside down asking me for papers, whether i was an american or not. i say that because i am concerned that we ar
for all of us that we need to be humble about what we cannot and can be achieved here. so this is the background, these stories, the words that can't be uttered, the words that can be whispered in the big sea. the question was, what were the stories? and one thread that came very early on is that i knew somewhere in the story would have to be the story of one of the most remarkable women in recent intellectual history and that is very lasker, near loughborough among many other things directed her philanthropic energies. she was unusual woman for a time, an entrepreneur, a person who then directed an enormous amount of philanthropic energy toward solving, as she put it, transforming the geography and the landscape and if there is one sort of central characters spinning to the story it would be very lasker. and it very quickly -- i found sidney farber who begins the book, a scientific collaborator. and it's very lasker gave political legitimacy, she provided the scientific legitimacy for the war on cancer. the book begins with sidney farber. sidney farber was a pathologist.
are not used to the media are coming into the process, there are certainly opportunities for them. >> that will bring things to a close. the comment is buckle up america we're not going back to a gentler time but where we go, politics make us in a call which has a new platform to stand on and our commitment to civil discourse that we can make an impact if i think our panelists for being here and all of you for being here as well. [applause] the books will be available for citing in assigning area. just west of the student union. thank you very much. >> that concludes our coverage of the 2011 tucson of books. we have them live all weekend if you have missed any of the events that coverage will air tonight starting at 1:00 a.m. eastern. [no audio] [no audio] [no audio] [no audio] [no audio] [no audio] [no audio] [no audio] [no audio] [no audio] as it did to ship them across the atlantic. it was enormously difficult to access the wealth. there was a great transportation network, chicago, which was formed starting off on the illinois and michigan can now had a great wateree park rails
leadership was toxic, and it's important, i think, for us now to think about where we are to go back. that's the importance of history, to rewind, to go back and see how this got started and where we began to go wrong and what kinds of remedies we need to take. i think it could have been different. history is all about contingency ies, and we ended up with a person who was strong enough to stand for union and understood the importance of the union, but because of his own personal character, the character issue, was unable to see through the transformation of the south because to him that was against everything that he believed. >> please join me in thanking annette gordon-reed. [applause] >> annette gordon-reed is a history and law professor at harvard university. she's the author of the hemingses of monticello. her book on andrew johnson is part of the american presidents series. to find out more, visit >> you're watching booktv on c-span2, 48 hours of nonfiction authors and books every weekend. >> coming up next on booktv, historian john mcmillan recounting
: they are deluded. >> host: use it to overwhelming problems of old, old age our health and working overtime which is inevitable and the tendency for most people to get more. you suggest there's collective action that we should take in response to that. what are those points. >> guest: health there's not much we can do about it. there are people whose health doesn't constantly worsen over time. but i think those of us who have parents who have survived into the '90s and grandparents as i have, know that the typical person has to deal with many more health problems over time. and this by the way, the province of the oldest old have to be looked at as not entirely but they are huge women's issues because right now the vast majority of people over 85 are women there and everybody gets for overtime except people like warren buffett. i'm sure he's going to be well fixed at 92. but women in particular get poor because there are lots of things that happen to total income with the death of a husband. this is true of women today, most of them didn't work outside the home. but it's also going to be true of
it was an important story both from a city and for the army and ultimately for all of us to learn what had happened with the soldiers at fort carson had created a string of murders. and i'm not talking a couple of murders. i'm talking about within this brigade. i learned after tracking down soldiers that it was one combat per brigade is that this is happening. within this brigade there was one battalion in almost all of them came out with about 500 soldiers. and if you calculated the murder rate, it wasn't one or two bad apples. it was about 100 times the national average. and if you adjusted it okay all young man -- they they are all gone and all males. that the highest risk in the population. it was just 20 times greater than not very high risk. is that we are talking a big problem. so i started to piece together what had happened. and i'm going to read you about them and tell you what happened to them because as they made sure to say when i was at the pentagon today, the army repeatedly cited as a learning organization. and a number of individuals for that is really true, people that know what i
call them tories, we americans and that is a funny thing to say. early in the game i couldn't use the word americans very easily in this book because everybody is an american. if you go back to about 1760, everybody is a tory essentially. they are all british subjects. and they see the king as the man they're going to worship every sunday as most of them were, they are going to pray for the king, and the wherewithal, there's only one trading partner and that england, and that's the way things were but as the revolution started to percolate and the sons of italy -- [laughter] wow, where am i? the sons of liberty started functioning in boston and new york. things started to change. and a group started to question the revolution. for a while it was a political debate. i can across the club that was formed in plymouth, it was formed in 1770 or 71. go ahead and look it up, it's in the book. and there was called the old colony club pity was founded primarily by descendants passengers on the mayflower. there isn't a better american pedigree to say you descended from the mayflower. a lot
purple heart that was donated by his son, mark vonnegut, to us. he received the purple heart for frostbite, and kurt vonnegut was embarrassed to have received the purple heart for frostbite when so many of his friends had, had suffered from other types of physical problems and disease. we have a fine first edition of the book "slaughterhouse five." this is important because "slaughterhouse five" is probably the most well known book written by kurt vonnegut of the 30-some piece of writing that he completed. this was possibly the most famous, excuse me, famous. >> why? >> why was "slaughterhouse five" famous? so vonnegut, let me give you a little bit of history about what happened to him in germany and my impressions of why it affected people so much. vonnegut, as i read, he was taken to this slaughterhouse. while he was in dresden, the allies bombed dresden, and so his own countrymen as well as allies bombed this city. it was a horrible bombing. it was literally a firestorm, and tens of thousands of people were killed. and these were noncombatants. these were women and childre
make sure you print it because it's a reminder for us, all of us including us, doctors, we need to be humble about what can and can't be cheated. so this was the background again, these missing stories, a word that can't be uttered, a word that is whispered about. the big c. and again, the question was what were the stories. and one thread became very early on is that any that somewhere in this story would have to be the story of one of the most remarkable women in recent intellectual history, and that is mary lasker. mary lasker who, among many other things, directed her philanthropic energies. she was a very unusual woman for her times, and out of a number, -- and entrepreneur, a one who directed an enormous amount of energy to solving, as she put it, transforming the geography of american health, the landscape of american health. and if there was one sort of central characters think to the story it would be mary lasker. and for mary lasker then, it very quickly, i found sidney farber who begins the book. said the farmer was mary lasker's friend. scientific collaborator, and i
. and people should be -- they used the word "jealous" and, it is not our sense of jealous, that is a sense of envy but they were sensitive and they reacted and if somebody did them a wrong they didn't just take it. they responded. they defended themselves. they spoke up. >> pauline maier could you give us a snapshots of america in 1775. >> a snapshot. it is a very different place in 1775 and is a number of very different places. we tend to think north-south and this is through the civil war and it was a much more complex place than that. and new england had a kind of a common system, it had a town governments, and had a common religious tradition, and there were a lot of differences within the new england states and you go a little further south and the middle colonies, new york, new jersey, delaware, pennsylvania, very diverse in terms of their population. again, farming, largely, and, then you get into the chesapeake, maryland, virginia and a very different place and you have plantations rather than the family farms further north and producing tobacco, and, slaves, yes, a larger slave, b
are joining us on c-span's booktv. my name's jay rochlin, and i have the pleasure of welcoming you to the panel, dispatches from the borderlands, human rights, personal stories. i will also in a moment have the honor of introducing our wonderful authors who will make up this panel. first, i'd like to thank the organizers of the tucson festival of books, all the the sponsors and, in particular, university medical center for sponsoring this venue.sori we've got an hour for our discussion, and here's how it'sr going to work. i'm going to say just a few words to welcome and introduce our panelists. i've prepared some questions fos them just to get our discussiono going, and hopefully, you'llg have some questions, also, later on. i'll invite you to make your way up to one of the two to microphones, one here, one there, where you'll have a chance to askmi about what's, maybe, on your mind. right after our discussion, the authors will go to the signing area and set up in the maddenn media signing area number one, tent b, and they'll be happy toy continue our discussion with you one-on-one
. the wakefield report has led to a movement in the u.s. fueled by celebrities like oprah winfrey and jenny mccarthy to stop vaccinating children which is a troubling development. his focus on vaccinations has diverted money away from important autism research. he spoke at the university of wisconsin in madison for a little over an hour. >> i'm going to talk briefly about how the book came about and some themes that i try and deal with in the book. then i will leave as much time as i can for questions. i have spoken with a number of different types of groups, and it has been hard for me to anticipate what the questions are going to be outside of them always being provocative and interesting. so -- and i expect that will be even more true tonight at a university where people are coming at it from all sorts of different angles. as opposed to a nursing coalition or the center for inquiry or different places. so excuse me. i will also be sipping a lot. replenishing my liquids. so, this book, this project started for me about three years ago a little more than three years ago. and at the time i
for organizing this, and to frank for lending us this lovely space. it's nice to be back in the burrow of my birth. the burey of my parents' birth, and nice to see my brother who lives here as well, a retired police sargeant, -- sergeant and a graduate of st. francis. nice to see michael. so let's get going. i think the best way to start, i'd like to take you all back on a little trip in time. we're heading back to the year 1972. some analogous period to today. the u.s. was involved in a divisive and somewhat disappointing military intervention overseas and there was polar rising cull tower war -- culture war at home, himmize versus hard hatts or hard hat versus hippies, in september 1972, national review published an article about the times with the headlines, is it true what they say about the times? it was cowritten by john outen jerry and patrick mains, one a former reporter at the new york world telegram, the other, the assistant at national review. at that time spiro agnew was talking about the nattering anyway bobs of negativism. richard nixon was livid of the publishing of the pentag
as individuals create narratives that we use to convince ourselves of things that appear not to be true and actually are. that, little did i know at the time exactly how much that was to bite off. this was a project that initially started as a hopeful magazine story, and i couldn't interest any magazine editors in writing it. that's less rare than you think. you can't sell a magazine article, but you can get somebody to write a book. that strikes me as -- we don't want to read 5,000 words, but 130,000 words, great. [laughter] but i ended up writing -- this is a little bit less than half of what i ended up writing which is good. it definitely should not have been the length it was, but i'm just saying that as an illustration of the ways in which i felt like this one issue permeated through other things we're dealing with as a society and as a culture. it's also the reason why neither the word autism nor vaccines appears in the title which i had some spirited debates with my publisher who kept saying i believe books should say what they're about, and i kept saying, realm, it's not just ab
us, we are just so desperate to make a dent in some kind of improvement in the urban school districts. and so it is going to happen, they are going to start reaching out. he offered this avalanche of offers that came to michelle after she stepped out. so i think kevin is right. these reforms are going to be tried again and again, not just the michelle light version. so now i'll pass it to michelle who amazed me by agreeing to talk about her relations with the press, probably our least favorite topic, but considering this is organized by education writers association, she played along as a good sport. so over to you. >> my relations with the press. i think my relationship with the press was complicated. let me say on the first time that a lot of very good things happened because of the press attention that we got come with the efforts we are putting forth. i was really surprised to tell you the truth when i started a job that it was so much interest in what we were doing. i at first, you know, i would often go out to dinner with richard and sean and we were sort of talk about how stran
. but enough to get us up and running and it's been a great sponsorship. >> david stewart is the president of the washington independent review of books. washington independent review of is the website. .. >>> republican senator scott brown of massachusetts recounts his personal and professional life which includes his tenure in the massachusetts state senate and his election to the u.s. senate on january 19th, 2010, filling the term of the late senator ted kennedy. senator brown spoke of the ronald reagan presidential library in simi valley, california. [applause] >> well, before i get started i just want to say i had an opportunity to go around and try to meet everybody and say hello, and i know you talk about the weather here, no offense. [laughter] snow as high as the flags. i did get a chance to tour this facility and be part of history. it's a wonderful opportunity for not just young people but every person from every walk of life and i am so honored to be here. i want to thank you all for the very warm welcome and john, i appreciate kind introduction and the chance to visi
inin trouble is a good sign of our democracy.y people use the word jealous part of that is not the word. did they are sensitive and reacted they did not just take it. they spoke up. >> host: pauline maier can you give us a snapshot of america in the 1775? >> guest: a snapshot is a very different place. they tend to think north or south thinking to the civil war. it is a much more complex place them back. there is a lot of differences within the new england states. talk about the middle colonieslo of new york, new jersey delaware and pennsylvania period divers with their population, and again farming, largely greens then what will further south of very different place now you have plantations rather than the family farms producing tobacco slaves? but they were not unique to this south the chesapeake to a little further and georgia and i left at north carolina but 40% of the population were slaves and you have that majority in south carolina but slavery was every where.... the remarkable part is that it was not much criticized. the real opposition except for quaker's yousaf but it
an individual angle. why is it that we as individuals create narratives that we use two combatants ourselves of things that appear not to be true, actually are. little did i know at the time exactly how much that was to bite off. this was a project that initially started as a hopeful magazine story and i couldn't interest any magazine editors into writing it. is actually less rare than you think. you can't sell a magazine article that you can get somebody to say they will write a book. we don't want to read 5000 words by 130,000 words, great. but i ended up writing. this is a little bit less than half of the book that i ended up writing, which is good. it definitely should not have been the link that was, but i'm just saying that as an illustration of the ways in which this one issue permeated through other things we are dealing with as a society and a culture. it is also the reason why neither the word autism nor vaccines appears in the title, which i had some spirit of debates with my publisher, who kept saying i believe you should see what they are about. i kept saying it is not just abou
, peaceful home for granted. ever. most of us, when we think back on our own personal journey. >> i know i'm not the only one who had tough times. we can remember the toughest times clearest of all. you think back and say, wow. and that's how it is and was with me writing this book. wasn't hard to pull up details of adversity that came my way. for example, when a six-year-old young boy is taking the best punches of a drunken stepdad, and when a kid can't even find a safe haven at a bible camp, it leaves a mark. there were times when i felt like couldn't trust nip. couldn't trust anyone. for a while i wasn't actually even that trust worthy myself. and fell in with older kids whose idea of an afternoon outing was going to the mall to do some shoplifting, and that's how i found myself at age 134, -- age 13, sitting facing the judge. a fine named, didn't know i had even ripped off the suit i was wearing that day. but the judge did know, he tide know there was a young kid in there who could still go one way or the other. he gave me the talking to that i needed, and a big, big break that started
want to know every fact. every trivial fact. i may not use it but it gives me confidence that i know my subject and i may use it somewhere along the line. there was no library i visited, no archive or no research that was unexamined on my part. in addition to approaching this as a biographer/researcher, i was also an official witness and participant in bobby's career. i was the director of one of the first tournaments he ever played as a child in asbury park, new jersey at the monterey hotel that doesn't exist any more. on the boardwalk there. and bobby was 10 or 11 or whatever iwo's, and his mother was with him and i talked to bobby at that time but i noticed him. he was a magnet for people because he was so tiny. he was the youngest person in the tournament and everyone gathered around and watched him and i noted that he would become what he became. i noted how serious he was. he really took his time and concentrated. we also played in some of the same tournaments together over the years. we never met in an official tournament game. we were light years away. he was in another universe
script, the currency used between the colonies at the time. finally, i believe it's article x specifically p demand withing the use of silver and specify being exactly what the monies for the nascent nation would be and, finally, the coin act of 1792 and the penalties thereof. thank you. >> guest: oh, you raise a very large, complicated issue. in the colonial period, the states did often issue paper money. look, they needed paper money. you needed a circulating medium, otherwise, you know, how do you, how do you have economic exchanges by barter? and you cannot have a specialized economy on the basis of barter. the difficulty was that sometimes the currency lost value, and the british ultimately said that they couldn't pass, that the states could not issue legal tender currency, and this is one of the big grievances. but in some states they held value, and they supported the economies quite well. later in the colonial period, after independence, pardon me, this became an issue again. i mean, the states issued paper money, or they did not. and there was a tremendous fear that t
restaurants, crowd bars, gyms, nail salons, cafes and the like. now, ordinary as it seems to us today, there's something actually very new. up until very recently the central fact about a woman in her 20s and early 30s was that she was a wife and mother. whether she was a 23-year-old from china or a 26 year in mad men america. in fact, most people in their 20s were not single and if they were, they were not living as room mates in brooklyn or dupont circle and drinking spots or mimosas with other preadults in the weekends. they are married and they had children. and they often had lawns to mow and cars whose oil needed changing. now, look at the numbers. notice in 1970, the average age of marriage for men was 23. and for women, a little less than 21. today, it's 26 and 28 but that's a little bit misleading, actually. because the numbers for college-educated and -- and even those with graduate school creation considerably higher. for women with a b.a., the average age is about 27. for women with a master's or professional degree, professional degree is about 30. now, this means that we have a
as it seems to us today, pre-adulthood is something very new. up until recently the central fact about a woman in her 20s and early 30s was that she was a wife and mother. that was the case whether she was a 23-year-old from ming china or a 26-year-old and america. in fact, most people in their 20s were not single and if they were, they were not living with roommates in williamsburg, brooklyn or dupont circle and drinking shots of mimosas with other pre-adults on weekends. they were married and they had children and they often had cars whose oil needed changing. now let's look at the numbers. in 1970 the average age of marriage for men was 23. and for women, a little less than 21. today, it is 26 and 28 but that is a little bit misleading actually. because the numbers for college-educated and even those with some graduate school education are considerably higher. for women, the average age is about 27. for women with a masters or professional degree, it is about 30. now this means that we have a historically high percentage of single people in their 20s and early 30s. this gives you a little b
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